WHAT IS TEACHING FIELD EXPERIENCE?
TeacherReady, online teacher certification program, includes field experience assignments completed in a PK-12 classroom and aligned to the online curriculum. These classroom field experiences provide opportunities for teacher candidates to apply the concepts, skills, and actions learned in TeacherReady online lessons in real classrooms. These field experiences include observations, interviews, tutoring, attending meetings, and teaching lessons in your mentor’s classroom. Each online lesson will include field assignments to be completed by the teacher candidate in the mentor’s classroom.
The final teaching field experience is part of Lesson 8. During this lesson, teacher candidates will develop lesson plans for a five-day week and then teach/implement the 5-day lesson plan, under the direction of the mentor. This Lesson 8 field assignment will assess the overall mastery of the teacher candidate and determine readiness for teacher certification and a successful first year of teaching.
Field Work Requirements
- Complete 185 total field hours across all 8 lessons – includes a one-week (35 hours) culminating experience under mentor observation
- Complete all lesson field assignments
- Complete Lesson 8 Culminating Field Experience (makes up 35 field hours)
HOW DO I FIND A MENTOR?
After you submit your application for the program, you will be contacted by one of our admissions advisors to complete a Field Placement Request Form. This form provides information about schools in your area. Once you enroll in your first lesson, you will be introduced to your TeacherReady® Field Placement Adviser. Your TeacherReady® Field Placement Adviser will work with you and the schools in your area to find a classroom and a mentor teacher to support you in perfecting essential teaching skills.
Finding the right mentor and classroom can take time. The Field Placement Advisor will remain in contact with you every 2 weeks to ensure the right match of mentor and teacher candidate.
You can use your classrooms to complete your field assignments, as long as you meet the following requirements:
- You are currently teaching the subject area and grade range in which you want to be certified.
- You are currently teaching in a K-12 institution.
- You teach in the same classroom at least 6 hours per week (some substitutes and para-educators may not qualify).
If you meet the requirements to complete your field work in your classroom, you will connect with your school administration to identify a mentor who can work with you through the program. Then, you will provide us with information about your school and your mentor on the Mentor Assignment Form.
If you do not meet the above requirements, you can do one of the following:
- Complete your field work in another teacher’s classroom.
- Earn your certification in the subject area that you are teaching, in addition to the subject area that you want to teach.
- Contact us for additional options.
THE MENTOR/STUDENT TEACHER RELATIONSHIP
We know that new and developing teachers who work closely with veteran, mentor teachers are more likely to feel prepared for the classroom. They are also more likely to stay in the classroom.
Your mentor is your gateway to transforming your learning into real-life experience. Your work and cooperation with your mentor is vitally important to your success. Since the act of teaching results in learning, mentors gain as much from working with you in the classroom as you will.
Read first-hand accounts about the impact of the mentor relationship on our blog.
Mentors of the TeacherReady Online Teacher Certification Program must meet the following requirements:
- Have a current and valid teaching certification or a current and valid administrator license and
- Have at least 3 years of effective teaching experience as indicated by the annual evaluation OR be a current school administrator and
- Complete Clinical Educator training.